Disney World in July 2020: Reopening Procedures, Mask Wearing Tips, Discounts

Disney World in July is right in the midst of summer at Walt Disney World bringing with it summer weather, crowds, and new entertainment. However, this year will be much different with the reopening of Disney World from the extended closure due to COVID-19!

Everyone has personal preferences to consider when planning the date of their Walt Disney World trip- each season will have its pros and cons and guests' choices will vary based on those. Make sure to read our Walt Disney World crowd calendar to get an idea of what to expect when picking a date to visit Walt Disney World.

Keep reading for everything you need to know about visiting Disney World in July including current events, what weather to expect, crowd level predictions, and what to pack!

Disney World Events in July

Here are all the current events to know about impacting Disney World in July!

Disney World Reopening 2020

This July is a big month in Disney World history due to the highly anticipated reopening after the extended closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has turned our world upside down. Disney World will open each theme park in staggered dates:

  • Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom opens on July 11th
  • Epcot and Hollywood Studios on July 13th

It's crucial to be aware of the new health policies in place from required face coverings for guests to reduced capacity measures. Here are some highlights of the new policies to help you prepare:

  • Certain Experiences Temporarily Suspended: Experiences that draw large group gatherings– such as parades and nighttime spectaculars – will return at a later date. In addition, “high-touch” experiences such as makeover opportunities, playgrounds and character meet and greets will remain temporarily unavailable. Characters will still be in the parks to greet guests from a distance.
  • Reduced capacity: Walt Disney World will have a reduced guest capacity and an advanced reservation system in place to manage attendance. All guests will be required to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance. More details about this new reservation system will be available soon.
  • Screening and prevention support: Guests 2 years of age and older and cast members will be required to wear appropriate face coverings in theme parks and common areas of resort hotels. Face coverings must have ear ties or loops- no gaiters or bandanas are allowed.  All guests and cast members will also undergo temperature screenings prior to entering a theme park.
  • Physical distancing: Managing guest density in queues, restaurants, hotels, ride vehicles and other facilities throughout the park and across the resort.
  • Mask Relief Areas: There will be designed ‘guest relaxation' areas for guests to safely remove their masks and get a break from wearing them throughout the park. More details coming soon on how this will be implemented and what safety procedures will be in place for these areas.
  • Reduced Operating Hours: As of now Disney World's operating hours will be much shorter with an average time of operation from 9AM-7PM. Over time, along with capacity, Disney World will begin extending operating hours based on the circumstances surrounding the pandemic. As of right now, there will be no Early Magic Hours.
  • Dining & FastPass Reservations Suspended- all existing reservations have ben canceled in order to reschedule dining to limit capacity. FastPass+ is temporarily suspended to effectively create social distancing by using the additional line queues.

Reservations Required

Advance reservations for park admission is required for Walt Disney World upon reopening as Disney navigates limited capacity restrictions to ensure a safe environment for guests and cast members.

The opening dates for reservations will be released in stages in order to give on-site guests and Annual Passholders priority.

  • Beginning June 22, 2020, Disney Resort and other select hotel Guests with valid theme park admission can make reservations.
  • Beginning June 26, 2020, Annual Passholders without a Resort stay can make reservations.
  • Beginning June 28, 2020, existing ticket holders can make reservations.

Park reservations will be available through September 26, 2021, based on your Resort stay and ticket eligibility or ticket eligibility window. You can read more about how to make a reservation in our opening guide.

EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

The EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival will kick off early this year on July 15th and continue into the Fall.  Walt Disney World is doing their best to make this festival a big hit by extending the duration of the festival to begin in July (one month earlier than usual) and by bringing in other festival elements. The EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival was cut short due to the closure of the parks because of COVID-19 and Disney will include elements of that popular festival with this one.

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Disney World in July Crowd Calendar

This July will look much different than a typical July at Walt Disney World with the reopening of the parks due to the COVID-19 closure.

In fact, this may be a great month to visit if you can get a reservation as this reduced capacity system will effectively control crowds and keep wait times down. Disney World will heavily control capacity during this month making crowds a minimal concern at this point. If you can get a reservation, this might be the best time to visit Disney World and experience low wait times for popular attractions!

Looking for information about July in 2021? Keep reading for a ‘typical' July crowd level prediction. 

July is right in the middle of the summer months at Walt Disney World which means that it is classified as the peak season of travel for many families and groups. You can expect large crowds all month long when visiting in July at Walt Disney World so it's best to be prepared for this reality rather than be surprised.

Staying on site is a big plus for visiting Disney World in July so you can navigate the crowds much easier by being close by and taking advantage of Disney's Extra Magic Hours will allow you early and later access into the parks. In fact, when visiting during this peak time of the year staying on site is essential.

The good news is that Walt Disney World prepares for this peak season by offering longer hours, more cast members on staff to operate everything smoothly, and constant entertainment options. Disney wants everyone to have a good experience even when it's crowded.

Disney World Weather in July

Visiting Disney World in July means visiting during the peak of tropical season in Florida which means extremely hot temperatures and plenty of afternoon showers. The average high in July is 92 degrees with the average low being 72 degrees. While the rain might not last long, July still sees some of the heaviest rain all year with an average of 7 inches for the month of July.

The good news is that most summer rainstorms move in and out quickly within an hour so it usually won't impact your days at the parks too much. Those afternoon showers can also help cool down the parks and bring that average high temperature down a few degrees making the rest of the day a bit more bearable. Regardless, you should be prepared for hot, humid, and rainy weather when visiting Disney World in July.

The good news about the heat is that it's a great time to visit Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon– Walt Disney World's fun filled water parks. One of the downsides of visiting off season is that these water parks aren't usually open so take advantage of the hot weather and spend a day in the pool! (Note: due to the impact of COVID-19, these experiences may not be available in July 2020)

Tips for Visiting Disney World in JulySlinky Dog Dash

When it comes to visiting Disney World in July, we have some tried and true hacks for having a magical time on your vacation.

What to Wear 

One of the most frequently asked guest questions is: what should I wear to Disney World? Always check the weather leading up to your trip. July is one of the hottest months of the year in Orlando so you should dress accordingly for heat. Wear clothes that are comfortable in hot weather and can easily adapt to deal with sudden rain. Bringing a rain poncho to the parks with you this time of year is crucial so you can still enjoy the park if it does suddenly rain. Keep in mind that indoors everything will be extremely air conditioned- I always pack a light hoodie when I visit in the summer because of this.

Tips for Wearing Masks Comfortably

Visiting in July 2020 for the big reopening of Disney World after the extended closure? Make sure to add masks for everyone in your group two years of age and older. Face coverings are required to enter Disney World and must be worn at all times except for dining. Here are some tips to try to prepare yourself for the mask requirement and help your family have a comfortable experience:

  • Practice wearing the masks outside for long periods of time to get your family used to them, especially for children.
  • Try different masks to see what's most comfortable. Face coverings must have ear ties or loops- no gaiters or bandanas are allowed.
  • Bring enough masks for everyone in your group so you can easily wash the ones you've worn.
  • Let your kids pick out fun Disney masks! And consider getting some fun Disney prints for yourself.
  • Order your masks far in advance- many popular retailers have delayed shipping for masks right now.
  • Consider looking on Etsy for faster shipping and cute Disney prints.
  • If you normally wear a baseball hat, put pins (bonus for Disney ones!) on your hat to hook the loops for the mask on to take some of the pressure off your ears.

The biggest takeaway here is finding masks that are comfortable and safe to wear which often takes some trial and error. Order your masks in advance, practice wearing them for long periods of time, and have conversations with children about the importance of wearing them.

What to Pack 

July brings such hot weather that you should pack for summer! Think summer clothes, sunscreen, cooling towels, and whatever else you might need to keep your family cooled off if the temperatures get high. Always check the weather right before your trip and come prepared based on what the forecast says. Don't underestimate the Florida heat this time of year- bring plenty of items designed to keep you cool. This will save you money in the long run since buying these items in the park can be pretty costly. That Florida humidity will be high this time of year and packing the essentials is a must.

You can read our giant packing list here to make sure you show up prepared for literally anything you need while you're visiting Disney World.

What to Expect

There are a few things you should expect when choosing July as your month to visit Disney World:

  • Reopening Procedures- visiting Walt Disney World in July 2020 will give guests the unique experience of being some of the first ones to experience the parks after the extended closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the required face coverings and limited park experiences, the reduced capacity could make this a great experience to enjoy rides that normally have extremely long wait times.
  • Be Prepared for Rain and Heat- July is one of the hottest and wettest months of the year at Walt Disney World. Despite the rain, the water parks are open daily and are uncrowded during the first and last parts of the day. When in the parks, be sure to pack your ponchos! The rain will often move in and out quickly in the afternoons so don't leave if it rains- plan on sticking it out.
  • Prepare for Possible Construction- at the recent D23 Expo, Disney Parks announced a huge project to completely reorganize and add to Epcot in preparation Disney World's 50th Anniversary in 2021.
  • Tips for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge- if you're planning on visiting Batuu, then make sure to read our guide on the new Star Wars themed land! There are a few experiences that have been extremely popular aside from the Millennium Falcon ride and it's good to show up prepared so you know where to go first and how to make reservations for popular experiences.

But most of all, remember to enjoy your time at the most magical place on earth!

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